Are you in the middle of exploring your Apple TV and visited us to know if you can mirror your iPhone/ iPad on Apple TV? We have brought you answers to all your questions about mirroring and video casting on Apple TV in this article.
Why get stuck watching videos and playing games on a small screen on your iPhone/ iPad if you are at home and if you have got an Apple TV? Mirroring can not only be helpful to you for video streaming and gaming, but also if you want to sit back and relaxedly view through the Photo Library, present a slideshow, and communally browse social media. Today, there are smart ways to mirror and watch iOS or iPad OS content on your Apple TV.
Mirror iPhone or iPad Screen to Apple TV with AirPlay
AirPlay is a wireless streaming technology that you can use to display videos and images and play songs on another electronic device with an AirPlay receiver. Currently, AirPlay technology supports Apple devices running on iOS 4.2 or later, including the iPhone 3G, 4G, and 5G, iPad, second-generation or later iPod Touch, and second-generation or later Apple TV.
TIP: Want to try AirPlay technology? But do not have an Apple device? You can enable AirPlay on the computer by running iTunes 10.2 or later.
Follow the below steps to enable AirPlay, and mirror your iPhone or iPad on Apple TV.
Step 1: Turn on your TV. Connect your Apple iPad or iPhone and the Apple TV to an internet connection on the same network or the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: Launch Control Center on your iPhone or iPad. (You can launch Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen on iPhone X or later iPhones and iPad with iOS 12 or later. On other iPads/ iPhones, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to launch Control Center.)
Step 3: On Control Center, tap on Screen Mirroring.
Step 4: On the pop-up device menu, tap on the name of your Apple TV.
Now, a code will display on TV.
Step 5: Type in the code displaying on the TV on the text box on your iPhone/ iPad that requests to enter the AirPlay Code. Then, tap OK.
NOTE: You will not need to enter the AirPlay passcode each and every time you connect your iPhone/ iPad to Apple TV through AirPlay. The passcode will require only the very first time you connect your Apple TV with a new device.
Now, you can view the screen of your iPad/ iPhone on TV: the big screen. So, you can watch a video, a photo slide show, and anything on your iPhone from your TV.
How to disconnect screen mirroring?
To stop screen mirroring your iPhone/ iPad to your Apple TV,
Step 1: Relaunch the Control Center on your iPhone/ iPad.
Step 2: Tap on Screen Mirroring.
Step 3: Tap on Stop Mirroring on the pop-up menu. Then, exit the Control Center.
That will stop the screen mirroring of your device on the TV.
However, you will notice that when you mirror your iPhone/ iPad on your TV, the mirrored screen will not fill up the entire TV screen. Else, the TV screen will partially fill up as per the aspect ratio of the mirrored device. So, if you want to watch a movie or any other video or a photo in full-screen mode on your TV, you should try video casting.
Cast video from iPhone/ iPad to Apple TV using AirPlay
If you see the AirPlay icon on the toolbar of a video or an audio clip, then that video or the audio can cast on your Apple TV. Follow the below steps to cast a QuickTime compatible video on your Apple TV from your iPhone/ iPad.
Step 1: Switch on the TV and connect both your Apple TV and your iPhone/ iPad to the same Wi-Fi (or the internet) network.
Step 2: Load the video you want to cast on the TV.
Step 3: Tap on the AirPlay button under Share on the toolbar of the app that streams the video.
Step 4: Select the name of your Apple TV from the menu that displaying the near-by AirPlay receivers connected through the network.
Once you finished watching the video on Apple TV or if you want to stop casting video to your Apple TV, simply tap on the blue AirPlay bubble. Then, tap again on the AirPlay button. So, the video will continue to stream on your iPhone/ iPad except on your Apple TV.
By the way, since AirPlay is a wireless technology, it can produce choppy videos if the Wi-Fi network is slow in performance or weak in signal strength. If it is the case, check the following method of mirroring with a wired adapter.
Mirror iPhone/ iPad on Apple TV with a wired adapter
You will have to have a Lightning-to-HDMI or a Lightning-to-VGA, or a USB-C-to-HDMI adapter (depending on the port on your iPhone/ iPad and your TV) to mirror your iPhone/ iPad on Apple TV through a wired connection. However, if you have the right adapter on your hand, this method is quite easy and can promise video streaming with a resolution over 900p on your Apple TV. Simply follow the below three steps procedure.
Step 1: Connect the adapter to the Lightning port on your iPhone/ iPad.
Step 2: Connect the HDMI port on the adapter to the TV through an HDMI cable.
Step 3: Select the input source of your TV as HDMI.
Out of all the methods listed in this article, AirPlay is the most cost-effective, efficient, and modern way to mirror your iPhone/ iPad screen on Apple TV. AirPlay, since started in 2011, has spurted to growth today and embraced by a wide arena of media streaming apps and devices.
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